Middle School (Grades 5 - 8)

Park’s Middle School is a place where it’s safe to take educated risks, engage in new endeavors, and find out who you are.

Early adolescence is a period of rapid physical and emotional change. Young people have simultaneous — often competing — needs for structure and clear limits on one hand and increased autonomy on the other. Park’s Middle School combines a rigorous academic curriculum with a stimulating and supportive environment to help students negotiate those competing needs and build each student’s responsibility for active learning while maintaining the joy of discovery.

The climate in Park’s middle school, which encompasses grades 5 through 8, is ideal for self-exploration, and each student is supported in developing independence and individuality. Park students are willing to take risks and step beyond what is known and comfortable, and to grow intellectually, socially, morally, and emotionally as they grow physically.
The Middle School faculty has a thorough understanding of how emerging adolescents learn. Academics focus on acquiring, solidifying, and refining foundational learning skills including collecting information; generating, organizing, manipulating, and expressing ideas; critical thinking; and analysis.

The acquisition of strong organizational skills is emphasized across all four years. Small advisory groups allow seventh and eighth graders an opportunity to work closely with an advisor who gets to know the students well and can monitor progress. At the end of their middle school years, students are fully prepared for the rigors of the Upper School program.

The Middle School years are such a vastly important time in the growth of children. The adults who teach, challenge, advise, supervise, and engage in joyful play with these mercurial young women and men are aware of, and lovingly embrace, these attributes of Middle School students.
Founded in 1912, The Park School of Buffalo has the distinction of being one the oldest Progressive schools in the country. Park is an independent, co-educational school serving approximately 300 students enrolled in prekindergarten (3 and 4 year olds), lower school (kindergarten through grade 4), middle school (grades 5 through 8), and upper school (grades 9 through 12). Park is uniquely situated on 34 beautiful acres in Amherst, New York. The School’s campus – formerly a farm – includes a pond, marsh, gardens, and a greenhouse while being located just minutes from downtown Buffalo and easily accessible from many communities throughout Western New York. Park’s educational philosophy embraces active, student-centered learning, delivered by exceptional teachers who design and continuously update a robust curriculum. Faculty members approach each student as an individual within the context of a kind and respectful community. From the preschool years through college preparation, The Park School of Buffalo helps learners realize their own unique potentials and prepares them to be confident, successful, life-long learners.

The Park School Of Buffalo

4625 Harlem Road
Snyder, NY 14226
Receptionist: 716-839-1242
Voicemail: 716-839-1243
Fax: 716-839-2014
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